Final Summary

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

For the past 4 weeks, Maeline, Melannie, Elijah, and myself have discussed and made arguments in favor of more refugees to be allowed in to the United States.  We had touched on a different topic every week: policy, ethics, economics, and trauma.  Now speaking for myself, I had found every week to be a bit tougher than the last to refute the idea that we should not allow these fellow human beings to find a safe haven in this country.

In terms of policy, Melannie made the argument that President Trumps travel ban might have been effective if it had actually provided the US with more security, instead of focusing on keeping fleeing refugees out of the United States,

The catch with this order is that none of this does anything for the United States’ national security.

There have been zero terrorist attacks by immigrants from any of these countries.

From an ethical standpoint, Elijah had argued that the decision to try and ban refugees from fleeing in to the United States went against our moral and ethical obligations to accept our fellow man in to the country and give them the safety they seek,

Through the years America has reinforced this moral that it must accept people from other places. This can be seen when america accepted millions of Irish during the Irish potato famine, people believed at the time that it would hurt the economy or have other adverse affects but still the refugees were accepted. That is because it is the only logical conclusion, if it is put forth that the core moral of america is that all men are created equal and that because of that they have a right to life liberty and pursuit of happiness.

Economically, Maeline refers to a video which shows a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan where over 3,000 business have sprung up, including super markets and garden shops.  Imagine the possibilities in the United States for this kind of drive and focus.


My last post for our topic on trauma focused on PTSD and the innocent children who were witnesses to the war up close and personal.  I read about the wonderful group of people in Lebanon who were using the power of art to rehabilitate and give these kids a chance to be kids again.

And I think that is who we should really think about.  Children who did not ask to be born on this planet but who must deal with the environment and the situations surrounding their environment.  Fleeing war and death is something I can only read and hear about from the comfort of a smart phone or television, let us give these children and their families the opportunity to experience life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.


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